Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary between Caehopkin and Abercraf in Powys, Wales. She said - “it is to protect the animals! And he'll keep going! "Ronnie does sign language; tells people to take their glasses off, their hats off and their coats off. Although we specialise in the care and protection of primates we cannot stand by and see other animals in … "He learnt sign language in Germany but he makes himself understood. Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is a Registered Charity providing life-time care for animals not wanted elsewhere. "Normally between Easter and summer sees us through the winter and puts the money aside for rebuilding, refurbishing and any new rescues," explained Jan. "We've had donations, we've had a GoFundMe going, people have been helping out but it means there's no new building going to go ahead at all. 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The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is open throughout the year from 10.30 to dusk and costs £6.50 per adult, £3.95 for 3-14 year old while under 3’s are free. Read the latest Wales business news tagged by Wales Ape And Monkey Sanctuary. We've survived the last months - we were open for a few weeks in the summer, and then we went into local lockdowns. The sanctuary had been hopeful of re-homing two chimpanzees which survived the tragic fire which raged through the Krefeld Zoo in Germany on New Years Eve last year, killing 50 animals including eight great apes. Instead their days are spent at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary where they now care for 80 animals, including chimpanzees, gibbons, baboons, … "What this has done has really brought everyone locally into the picture - especially in the one or two miles around the site - lots of people have been leaving food and donations.". In order to survive, Graham and Jan have had to dip into money put aside for other things like a new enclosure planned for the macaques and marmosets. Arrival: 3 April 2009. An ape and monkey sanctuary in the Swansea Valleys is in a "critical financial situation" after receiving less than a tenth of the money it needs to keep going. The huge demand for cakes and sweet treats in lockdown, Bakers are experiencing a surge in demand for their indulgent treats as people look to be cheered up at home, The Swansea vodka that's now a global brand championed by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Two friends from Swansea with a vision went from producing 2,000 bottles of vodka to selling millions, The state of Parc Trostre and the shops that won’t be reopening after the pandemic. Formerly a traditional welsh hill farm, the sanctuary now rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, although caring for primates such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets is our speciality. Wales Ape And Monkey Sanctuary Ltd in Wales is featured in the Animals charity database on Charity Choice. We are located in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales. Since the pandemic started last year, we have had £20,000 from the Welsh Government and £3,000 from Powys Council. Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary require volunteers - The sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, mandrills, spider monkeys, vervets, capuchins, mangabeys and marmosets. You can explore by location, what's popular, our top picks, free stuff... you got this. This is a sanctuary, not a zoo and if you take your family here you will be sure to learn loads and fall in love with the animals. Despite being closed for public visitors, owner Jan Garen said the business still has lots of overheads that must be paid - such as food for the animals, veterinary bills, heating and insurance. ', Older pupils in Wales will return to school ‘part-time’, First Minister Mark Drakeford says, It's news that many parents will not want to hear, The Wales v Ireland head-to-head ratings - how the two teams measure up ahead of Six Nations opener in Cardiff. However owners said this will only cover a portion of their £30,000 monthly running costs. Saturday, 12 April 2014. ', 'The day has arrived' Young dad looking forward to his wedding dies after posting heart-breaking picture outside hospital, Swansea City fan Mitchell Powell had tweeted a picture of himself outside hospital and written 'The day has arrived! Workers at the sanctuary now embark on around six rescue missions a year - some as far as 3,000 miles away. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. ", When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. As the animals that they rescue are not able to survive in the wild, they try to make the rest of the animals' lives as enjoyable as possible. Instead their days are spent at the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary … Nestled deep among the Swansea Valleys, Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary has been rescuing animals from all over the world for over 20 years. We are located in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales. ! An ape and monkey sanctuary in the Swansea Valleys is in a "critical financial situation" after receiving less than a tenth of the money it needs to keep going. "The tropical animals need heating all year round and all the staff had to be paid," added Jan. "You can't cut the hours of the staff because they're needed.". Jan said while it is an anxious time for all of those working at the sanctuary, the animals will always come first. Owners, Jan and Graham Garen, said: "We are in a critical financial situation here at the sanctuary. Raffle tickets available, 1st prize is a rugby ball signed by the Wales … "We have to think about the future and are constantly putting out appeals. Graham Garen, owner of the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, says they are in a 'critical financial situation', The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary has had virtually no income during the coronavirus lockdowns, The cost of heating the animals at the sanctuary alone comes in at over £7,500 a month, Jan Garen: 'We can't make cuts on animal welfare', The impressive plans for one of Cardiff's most historic pubs that's been empty for years, It's set to be transformed into a 'sustainable supermarket', 'We had to close our website!' With between 170 and 200 animals on the site at any one time, Jan explained how they each had their own stories. To have our incomings going to 0 overnight is really worrying.". Today it attracts 30,000 visitors a year. A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “We are committed to doing all we can to protect businesses during this very challenging time. Today at 07:00 + 119 more event The Final Working Hobby. The sanctuary’s unique geological formations mean the park has been designated as a Geopark. It became the Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary in December 2008, being previously known as Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary. Ready? Rosie Nelson and Marie Cross are organizing this fundraiser to benefit Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary. Ronnie loves to communicate via his version of sign … "It cost around £30,000 per month to run the sanctuary. Last easter weekend we made over £16,000, this year it was nothing. Jan Garen, owner of Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, said: “The enforced closure during the lockdown has been a real challenge due to the nature of our day-to-day overheads – you can’t simply put looking after … The staff need to be here, animals still need feeding, heating, vet bills.". Looking for something to do in Risca? "It's becoming quite concerning now. The cost of heating the animals at the sanctuary alone comes in at over £7,500 a month. "For the whole day on December 1, we took took £47.50 then on Wednesday 2, we took £67. About Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary We are located in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales. "We were in Powys so weren't locked down ourselves but all our normal visitors were in areas that weren't allowed to leave so our visitor numbers through September and October were very small.". Save FREE Pre-Booked Choice of Day Ticket for Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary to your collection. How could they have sold us such a sick and desperately ill puppy? Image caption The sanctuary has many primates, including baboons like Natasha . Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary Details. This can be used by the Welsh Government to grow the economy, improve public services and support people and businesses across Wales. Our. No mask, you dont get in! The Six Nations is back this weekend as Wales host Ireland at the Principality Stadium, but how do the two sides compare? "We're open all year but easter time is really the benchmark for when things start to get busier for us. Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary’s prime purpose is providing a good life for Unwanted animals, at the same time as educating people to reduce the number of animals being taken from the wild or bred into captivity. It’s been a tough year for charities so if you can help them out visit their go … Two Baboons and a Mona Monkey have arrived, following rescue from Beirut. The Park has been officially designated as a Geopark because of its unique geological formations. The sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, mandrills, spider monkeys, vervets, … explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Prior to becoming a charity in 1998, Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary operated as a residential centre for educational visits. Our. How could they have sold us such a sick and desperately ill puppy? Looking back through her takings in November and December makes dire reading for Jan - most days she didn't even take £50. Response from walesape, Public Relations Manager at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary. “We also announced £24m funding to specifically support charities and the third sector across Wales through the Covid-19 crisis last year. Hi All, The current Covid-19 pandemic is taking its toll on our sanctuary and these are extremely worrying times. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! "We would've had to have got rid of all the staff and Graham and I would have had to have done everything as best we could," said Jan. "We want access to some funding - we can't furlough staff, we can't cut the animals' food bills down, we can't cut the vet bills - we can't make cuts on animal welfare. The sanctuary spends up to £30,000 a month looking after the animals. "We're getting lots of support online so we are hoping everybody will come back after this but you never know. Five members of staff are still working due to the necessity of their roles and just three have been able to be furloughed. Whether we are open to the public or not, we still have the same overheads. Location: Tawe-Uchaf, UK. "It's a really uncertain time but what we are certain about is that no matter what happens we will never put the animals down or anything like that. “We will continue to develop our package of support aligned to any necessary restrictions beyond February.”, Graham Garen says the sanctuary has had to dip into money set aside for rebuilding and any new rescues, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. That doesn't pay anyone's wages let alone feed the animals. "Going back to the Autumn when we were in local lockdown, we took £58 on Tuesday November 10," she says. "Normally we can integrate them pretty quickly," said Jan. "We've Twmi and Fergus from Penscynor, Ronnie from Germany, Nakima from Belgium and last of all we've put Billy in there from Bulgaria and they're all getting on well. "As a charity we're not eligible for much funding at all so we rely solely on donations. An ape and monkey sanctuary home to around 200 animals is at risk because of coronavirus. Responded 28 Aug 2020. The November spending review confirmed £1.3 billion for the Welsh Government through the Barnett formula, including [£0.7bn] in relation to Covid-19. Home; News/Features . An ape and monkey sanctuary home to around 200 animals is at risk because of coronavirus. Charity Choice list of charities includes Wales Ape And Monkey Sanctuary Ltd and other Animal Rescue, Centres & Homes charities. An ape and monkey sanctuary in the Swansea Valleys is in a "critical financial situation" after receiving less than a tenth of the money it needs to … Ape sanctuary in Wales faces impossible future because of lockdown walesonline.co.uk - Laura Clements. Since rescuing it's first animal in 1999, workers at the sanctuary now embark on around six rescue missions a year - some as far as 3,000 miles away. It is a home to Chimpanzees, Baboons, Gibbons, Spider Monkeys, Marmosets, Capuchins, Wolfdogs, Horses and many other species, rescued from closed zoos, the pet trade and even laboratories. Whether you're a local, new in town or just cruising through we've got loads of great tips and events. “Our package of support is the most generous in the UK and more than £1.6bn of Welsh Government financial assistance has reached businesses since March. We had no customers from March 23 to July 30. The cost of heating the animals at the sanctuary alone comes in at over £7,500 a month. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The British high street has been devastated by the pandemic but what does it mean for the shops in Llanelli's Parc Trostre... 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Labels: Swansea Civic Centre., Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, WAMS. You can unsubscribe at any time. You can get yearly passes too. Without their staff working over time and the support from generous donations, the alternative doesn't bear thinking about. Bosses at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary give animals throws to keep them warm while biomass boiler is repaired. Visiting the Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary seemed like a good thing to support, the principal of rescuing animals. Event Enquiries. The sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, mandrills, spider monkeys, vervets, … "It's a registered charity and we depend entirely on visitors and supporters. The sanctuary costs around £30,000 a month to run, (Image: www.adrianwhitephotography.co.uk), Ronnie and Nakima, two apes at the sanctuary, getting on well, The impressive plans for one of Cardiff's most historic pubs that's been empty for years, It's set to be transformed into a 'sustainable supermarket', 'We had to close our website!' I have to say everybody has been amazing, we're doing what we can to keep donations coming in. Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, Abercraf Picture: Nosey - Check out Tripadvisor members' 407 candid photos and videos of Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary Opening & closing timings, parking options, restaurants nearby or what to see on your visit to Wales Ape And Monkey Sanctuary? Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary between Caehopkin and Abercraf in Powys, Wales.It became the Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary in December 2008, being previously known as Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary. While some come from closed zoos, others come from rescue missions across the globe. But the national lockdown, followed by the local lockdowns, the firebreak lockdown and now the lever four restrictions, means the attraction has brought in hardly any money since March 23. It's not just something we're going to give up on - we'll go to other avenues first.". Live music from Jemma Krysa and free light buffet. Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary was the SCGC2020 charity of choice, unfortunately as we couldn’t run this year we only raised a fraction of what we would usually raise. Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary is in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales. The Six Nations is back this weekend as Wales host Ireland at the Principality Stadium, but how do the two sides compare? "We're so grateful for the grant, it won't go far but it's certainly a start for us," added Jan. "It put it all into perspective for us when we looked at the figures from last year. There is a charity shop on site, you can sponsor an animal for a year from £30 and you can even be a keeper for a day for £100. But the site in Caehopkin, Abercrave, now faces an uncertain future due to increasing pressures of its enforced closure because of coronavirus. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. "We've had the sanctuary for 22 years. You can unsubscribe at any time. Share FREE Pre-Booked Choice of Day Ticket for Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary with your friends. So work experience is almost over, and I'm sure for some it has been more work than experience. Due to this, a successful integration is essential. The animals at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary have been rescued from zoos and laboratories where they were mistreated or no longer wanted and are now taken care of by the sanctuaries keepers. Find event and ticket information. Click Now to check the details! When it's raining and he's in the day room they all do it. It became the Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary in December 2008, being previously known as Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary. ... Live-event … The Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, which has been rescuing animals from all over the world for over 20 years, needs around £30,000 every month just to cover the basic running costs. The sanctuary is owned and operated by husband and wife Graham and Jan Garen. 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Graham and Jan cannot, and will not, allow cuts to affect animal welfare. ', 'The day has arrived' Young dad looking forward to his wedding dies after posting heart-breaking picture outside hospital, Swansea City fan Mitchell Powell had tweeted a picture of himself outside hospital and written 'The day has arrived! The huge demand for cakes and sweet treats in lockdown, Bakers are experiencing a surge in demand for their indulgent treats as people look to be cheered up at home, The Swansea vodka that's now a global brand championed by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, Two friends from Swansea with a vision went from producing 2,000 bottles of vodka to selling millions, The state of Parc Trostre and the shops that won’t be reopening after the pandemic. ', Older pupils in Wales will return to school ‘part-time’, First Minister Mark Drakeford says, It's news that many parents will not want to hear, The Wales v Ireland head-to-head ratings - how the two teams measure up ahead of Six Nations opener in Cardiff. The sanctuary have set up a Gofundme page to fund raise for some of their lost donations over their period of closure, find out how to donate here. 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